Do you dread the Winter months? Everyone else around you is excited because they know it means snow days, hot chocolate, and cozy nights around the fireplace. You see it differently. You dread it. You know that Winter means your skin is going to be dry. Your skin is going to be cracked. Your life for the next few months is going to be a nuisance. Can you overcome dry hands this Winter?
Every Winter you wonder “Why do my hands become so irritated and dry?” Here’s the deal. Your hands are one of the busiest and most used parts of your body. If you’re a mom that means washing your hands constantly to avoid the “sick bug.” If you commute to work, your hands are exposed to cold temperatures. Cold winds dehydrate your skin. Constant exposure to water, the cold, or even simply forgetting to moisturize can lead to your hands being dry and cracked all the time.
Here are 4 Simple Tips to Overcome Dry Hands this Winter.
- Protection. Protection is important. Even if you feel foolish doing so. Do it. Wear rubber or latex gloves whenever you are exposed to irritants. Before going outside, add cream or lotion to your hands. Before going to bed put on cotton gloves after applying a moisturizer. Cotton is breathable; yet, it helps seal and penetrate moisture into your skin better.
- Hand Washing. When washing your hands choose a mild soap. Use warm water and not hot water. Hot water strips your skin’s natural, protective oils. Pat your hands dry and apply your moisturizer right away to lock in the little bit of moisture that is left on your skin from washing.
- Moisturize Often. Moisturizing your hands regularly is key to relieving your dry, irritated skin. What’s more important is that you find a moisturizer with the right ingredients. Key ingredients to look for are-
- Jojoba Oil– is non-allergenic, non-comedogenic, and non-toxic. Meaning, it does not cause allergic reactions as it is a natural wax that is the closest to the oils on our skin. It does not clog pores, and it will not irritate. It’s extremely safe to use. It’s also very high in Vitamin E. Vitamin E is known to deeply moisturize skin and protect it from cracking.
- Coconut Oil– is an all-natural moisturizer. When it is absorbed into your skin it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues supple and very strong. It also exfoliates the outer layer of dead skin cells, which, in return, makes your skin smoother.
- Glycerin– is called a humectant, meaning that it attracts water. When you apply it to your skin, it seals in moisture that might otherwise escape. Glycerin helps maintain your skin’s water balance.
- Neem Oil– is full of Vitamin E, omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids, and palmitic acid. These oils play a key role in repairing your skin. They are effective oils that lock in moisture where it belongs, which is inside your skin cells.
- Routine. Most people moisturize once and think that’s enough. Wrong! You can never moisturize too much. Your skin is thirsty. Every time you moisturize, your skin soaks it in and adds a protective layer to help dehydration. Get into a habit of moisturizing often throughout the day to prolong the protective and moisturizing aspects of your lotion or cream.
Do you need help finding a good moisturizer? Here’s my recommendation to the best moisturizer on the market. This Green Tea Lotion is good. Feels good. And does good. And so is and does our Coconut Neem Butter!